Informatics is the "science of how to use data, information, and knowledge to improve human health and the delivery of health care services" (American Medical Informatics Association). At the UC San Diego Viterbi Family Department of Ophthalmology and the Shiley Eye Institute, our Division of Ophthalmology Informatics and Data Science is dedicated to advancing data science, artificial intelligence, and big-data analytics for the improvement of vision and health.
We are conducting cutting-edge research as well as providing clinical informatics support to develop and integrate state-of-the-art health information technology tools into the day-to-day care of our patients. Our division is engaged in a range of activities, including:
We also value diversity and inclusion as an utmost priority. Some of the ways we have prioritized diversity include making concerted efforts to study individuals from backgrounds traditionally underrepresented in biomedical research, recruit trainees from diverse backgrounds, and ensure data analyses, algorithms, and implementation of tools are performed in a transparent fashion while minimizing bias and reducing health disparities.
Faculty in the division have trained and mentored undergraduates, postbaccalaureate students, medical students, residents, and fellows via independent study courses, research electives, mentoring programs, summer internships, and other pathways.
We are also proud to offer an Ophthalmology Informatics and Data Science Fellowship Program, a unique postdoctoral training opportunity for physicians and scientists interested in advancing their understanding of biomedical and clinical informatics as applied to vision science and clinical ophthalmology. Learn more about the fellowship opportunities.
Sally L. Baxter, MD, MSc – Division Chief, Dual Board-Certified in Ophthalmology and Clinical Informatics
Dirk-Uwe Bartsch, PhD
Akram Belghith, PhD
Chris Bowd, PhD
Mark Christopher, PhD
William Freeman, MD
Michael Goldbaum, MD
Sasan Moghimi, MD
Robert N. Weinreb, MD
Derek Welsbie, MD, PhD
Linda Zangwill, PhD
UCSD Health Department of Biomedical Informatics
UCSD Health Information Services
UCSD Halicioglu Data Science Institute
UCSD Division of Biostatistics & Bioinformatics in the Department of Family Medicine and Public Health
UCSD Department of Computer Science and Engineering
The overall objective of the NEI Mentored Clinical Scientist Development Program Award at UCSD is to develop outstanding clinician scientists to successfully compete at the national level for NIH grants and emerge as leaders within academic Ophthalmology. Through this institutional career development award, we will mentor clinician scientists toward independent academic appointments in ophthalmology.
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